JR Smith on LeBron James-Michael Jordan debate — ‘You can’t compare a lion and a tiger’
Appearing on The Pat McAfee Show on Monday, JR Smith explained in detail what separates LeBron from all-time greats like Jordan and the late Kobe Bryant.
“He holds you accountable. One thing about Bron is he leads by example with his work ethic. His biggest attribute is being able to pull people along with his work ethic,” the 6-foot-6 shooter said.
“Obviously, it’s easier for the better players to do it. But for my existence, Jordan didn’t do it. Kobe didn’t do it. A lot of players that had that “killer mentality” aren’t that type of person to do it,” he added.
While Jordan and Bryant are practically carbon copies of one another, James does possess a terrific mix of size and skill set.
“He’s not a scorer. A scorer is a person who has a one-track mind to do an individual thing. Like a sniper,” JR Smith said about LeBron.
“Jordan and Kobe, they did play defense but they’re scorers. They put up 50, 60, 70 points a night. When you get somebody so well-rounded, rebounding, scoring, passing, dribbling, a good teammate. It’s a totally different atmosphere. He’s a totally different person than those guys. There’s no comparison. Because you can’t compare a lion and a tiger. They’re both cats but they are not the same.”
In true fashion, JR Smith finished his analogy with this hilarious quote.
“The lion is the king of the jungle. Everybody bows down to the lion. But that don’t stop the tiger from saying ‘I’m a bad motherf**ker too’”.
JR Smith, meanwhile, last played in the league in 2018. He once again made headlines again for all the wrong reasons, as he was caught on video beating up a vandal who damaged his car during a protest in LA over the weekend.